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Airbus A380

The double-decker Airbus A380 caught the world’s imagination when it first flew in 2005 and still manages to turn heads. This week on Key.Aero, we’re featuring a fascinating collection of articles exploring a wide range of Super Jumbo topics from its origins, to hearing from the people who work with it to find out what makes it tick, and examining why ultimately the A380 wasn’t the commercial success Airbus had hoped for.

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Going to war in the F-117: a pilot’s perspective

In the December 2017 issue of Aviation News, in the first of a two part feature, Major General Greg Feest (Ret) described joining the secret F-117A programme and the mission on which he dropped the first bomb of the Gulf War

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Poland opts for AH-64E to replace Hind gunships

Poland announced it had selected the Boeing AH-64E Apache Guardian attack helicopter to replace the Polish Land Forces’ ageing fleet of Soviet-era Mil Mi-24D/W Hind-D/E gunships on September 8

Interim report released on loss of F-35B on HMS Queen Elizabeth

An interim report into the loss of UK F-35B Lightning II ZM152 ‘018’ on HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08) on November 17, 2021, was published by the UK Ministry of Defence on September 8

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Two more Kazakh L-39Cs fly again from Aero

Two of ten Kazakhstan Air Defence Force (KADF) L-39C Albatrosses that have been going through overhaul and upgrade at Aero Vodochody since mid-2020, were seen flying from the company's facility near Prague, Czech Republic, on September 7

Indian government gives go-ahead for Tejas Mk 2

India’s Cabinet Committee on Security gave approval at a meeting on September 1 for design and development of the Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) Tejas Mk 2 4.5-generation, medium-weight supersonic fighter

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Historic

Aero Legends’ Spitfire salutes The Queen

Aero Legends has modified the nose-art on Supermarine Spitfire T.IX NH341 to pay tribute to Her Majesty The Queen

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Historic Lockheed Electra gifted to Canadian museum

Marking its 85th anniversary, Air Canada has donated Lockheed L-10A Electra CF-TCC to Winnipeg's Royal Aviation Museum of Western Canada.

Dramatic Spitfire and Hurricane flypast stars at Duxford show

A 20-aircraft warbird formation set the seal on IWM Duxford’s annual Battle of Britain event

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Commercial

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United Airlines reveals MAJOR new Gulf route

Following a “historic commercial agreement”, the American carrier plans to launch a new long-haul link to the Middle East…

Air India to increase fleet by more than 25%

This fleet expansion will involve both single- and twin-aisle jets from different manufacturers. Find out more on Key.Aero…

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Two killed as TAP Airbus A320 collides with motorbike

Aviation authorities in Guinea have launched an investigation into the freak accident at Conakry.

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Flight Simulation

Redhill Aerodrome for Microsoft Flight Simulator out now

Scenery developer, Burning Blue Design’s has announced EGKR Redhill Aerodrome for Microsoft Flight Simulator is out now.

Mount Patterson Camps for Microsoft Flight Simulator

Developed by //42, Mount Patterson Camps for Microsoft Flight Simulator features three BLM landing areas in Mono County, California in the Sweetwater Range, all terraformed with custom textures and elevation mesh.

Milan Malpensa incoming

Aerosoft has announced Mega Airport Milan Malpensa for Microsoft Flight Simulator is in development.

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